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Resolving A Riddle: Marguerite Of Navarre And The Early French Reformation

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The histories of Marguerite of Navarre and of the Reformation in France before John Calvin remain unsolved riddles. This introductory chapter of the book attempts to address the supposed contradiction, at least in its classic formulation by Pierre Jourda, of Marguerite's deep engagement with Protestant doctrine and her failure to promote it in a concerted reform program. Most scholars have concentrated on ferreting out Marguerite's religious identity by analyzing doctrinal propositions in her poetry and prose. The chapter explores the extent to which Marguerite and her network strove to promote a reform agenda corresponding to the heterodox views scholars have detected in her literary works and those of her evangelical brethren. Given her closeness to the crown, it is vital to examine in what ways Marguerite and her network sought to shape the religious and political policies of Francis I and assess their success or failure.

Keywords: early French reformation; Marguerite; Navarre; Pierre Jourda



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